Eyeing a third win in four Premier League matches, Everton travel to Sunderland looking to extend their excellent recent record at the Stadium of Light.
The home side were relieved to get back to form on Monday with a pivotal 3-1 success away to Crystal Palace. The result lifted them out of the relegation zone, while the defending was a lot more convincing with Anthony Revelliere slotting in seamlessly at right-back. In attack, meanwhile, Steven Fletcher was a class apart on the night and if he can stay injury free, the Scot will be key to Sunderland’s recovery.
A home draw against a stubborn and organised Swansea City was a frustrating outcome for the Toffees with Roberto Martinez accusing his players of putting in a somewhat pedestrian performance.
The Spaniard certainly got a reaction on Thursday with a convincing Europa League success over Lille, and while the attacking play is strong, the biggest improvement in recent weeks has been in defence, with only one goal conceded since the last international break.
Jack Rodwell could represent Sunderland against his former club, but Patrick van Aanholt is out with a dislocated shoulder and Lee Cattermole is suspended due to amassing five bookings.
The away side are without Antolin Alcaraz and John Stones, Gareth Barry and Seamus Coleman both face late fitness tests.
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